Today we’d like to introduce you to Corey Carlson.
Corey, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Every breath I take involves me doing something in a creative manner. For most of my life, I have been a musician. About two years ago, I got incredibly sick and was physically unable to play music for the first time in my life. It devastated me. The creativity in me was bursting to be released. I had always looked at photography as something I would ultimately get around to and decided that it was finally time. It was a crossroads of sorts (hence the name of my photography business, Crossroads Photography). As soon as I start snapping my first pictures, the world opened up an entirely new beauty to me. I was hooked immediately! I learned and absorbed from everywhere I could and just immersed myself in the art. Originally, I did this as a means of expressing my creativity for creativity’s sake. Now that I have found out that others are enjoying my work, I am enamored and have found even more inspiration.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My inspiration in what I try to do with every picture I take is to capture the extraordinary that exists within our ordinary lives. Those brief moments of absolute beauty. What originally inspired me to pick up a camera was one of those moments at my daughter’s piano recital. I remember one of the kiddos was performing, and another kiddo was eagerly looking on from ‘behind the scenes’ in the background. I thought that was the purest, unadulterated instance of a fleeting moment that will never present itself again. I was devastated that I could not encapsulate that moment in time. It will always live in my mind, but I cannot express the joy, fear, wonder, anxiety, love that was all expressed in that kids face as he was eagerly awaiting his turn the way that a single picture would have. As such, it is my goal to capture those moments where beauty exists within the everyday. While we all see what is going on, on stage, it is my goal to grab the highlights that are occurring around the stage all of the time that most are looking past or ignoring.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Success is a very subjective term. While some may not be content until they have x-million followers on the latest social media platform, I measure success in my overall health and happiness. If one person enjoys the art that I produce, then I humbly define that as a success. My goal is not to be unilaterally loved or admired. My goal is to show the world from a very human perspective, and if that happens to resonate in one, two, or a thousand people, then I’ll say I’ve done a good job as an artist.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My work can be seen on a number of websites. The first is my business site, www.azcrossroads.com. The second is my portfolio at https://adagio.myportfolio.com/. I also curate some collections on my profile on Behance at https://www.behance.net/coreycarlson. And then lastly, I try to share highlights of my recent shoots via Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/crossroads_photography_az/.
People can support my work by letting others know that they enjoy my work. A follow or a like on Instagram and Facebook is always helpful. I’m also available to book for sessions, and more info can be found on my business site above.
- Website: www.azcrossroads.com
- Phone: 928-458-5147
- Email: Corey@azcrossroads.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crossroads_photography_az/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/azcrossroads/
- Other: https://www.behance.net/coreycarlson